National Geographic : 1926 Apr
and Find Out- "Your daddy won't listen to me. But he willdo anyth you will send for the book that tells what the big doc out he will read it. Let's write for it now." SSK a dozen persons about insulin and you will get some surprising and contradic tory answers. The truth is this: Insulin is not a cure for diabetes, but it is helping to prolong and gladden lives. Before its discovery d-L_- b _ hl1 d _< ,1 _< ^- _ J Itisestimatedthatthereareone million persons in the United States who have diabetes. No Time should be lost in provid ing insulin treatmentsfor those who need them. Happily, the cost is not prohibitive. In normal health the body makes its own insulin. It is a secretion of the pancreas. In sulin enables the body to use the sugars and starches (car bohydrates) that we eat. tors have found When, through disease of the pancreas, the body is no longer able to create its own insulin, diabetes follows. The body cannot then utilize sugars and starches. The first thing to do is to curtail the amount of carbohydrates in the diet and, when necessary, use insulin derived from outside sources. UaitC tS 1Ina i mlll enU i a oasL eItIIIusL nl aIlU Diabetes may be caused by an infection of the early death. pancreas as the result of disease in some part of the Men and women usually have a milder form of body; it may be that overeating , diabetes than children. In many adult cases it or some other cause has brought ' is possible, through diet alone, to keep the it about. But too much food and disease under control, too little physical exertion are said to be the main factors in -' Ar Physicians advise that insulin be used im- producing diabetes. mediately in severe cases, or before surgical Occasional a patient, under insu operations upon a diabetic, or where the amount Occasionally a patient, underinsu of physical work done by the diabetic makes a tre at m en t feels so much better more liberal diet necessary for comfort, that he.s temteto abandon his diet and eat everything he wants. /"i," ' So new is insulin that it is not safe to make But when he does he is likely to sweeping promises of what it will do, although suffer a relapse and die. Then in- it has been known to bring men, women and sulin is blamed. Insulin does not ' i children back from the very brink of death. Be- take the place of diet, but carefully I. . cause insulin is so powerful it should be used supervised diet, plus insulin, is "-.+ cautiously and only under the direction of the enabling diabetics to live useful - 7:i , best physician obtainable lives in comparative comfort. During the past 25 years diabetes has become poses to diabetes, and young underweights seem ] i: ::' such a menace that physicians and scientists have to be more susceptible to this disease. worked unceasingly to fight its advance, tia a y n e se worked unceasingly to fight its advance. The Metropolitan Life Insurance Company will Diabetes is a disease which attacks all ages. It is gladly send you a booklet, "Diabetes" which tells important to note that in diabetes, as in many the intensely interesting life-saving story of 'l :;i other diseases, the age of 30 is, broadly speaking, insulin. " the dividing line. Overweight, over 30, predis- HALEY FISKE, President. '. 'r Published by METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY-NEW YORK Biggest in the World, More Assets, More Policyholders, More Insurance in force, More new Insurance eachyear "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you.